1) ORGANIZE A CRIME SUMMIT. Invite business and religious leaders, police, city and county elected officials, and community activists to be heard–to work together. Invite community groups to tell their local, state, and federal officials what they want/need. We need a surge of federal and state resources to stop the crime wave in Milwaukee and its spread. Let’s bring everyone to the table so, we can work together efficiently and productively.
2) CREATE A PORTAL WEBSITE. Maintain a main website portal for tracking crime and maintaining statistics. Allow all organizations to post and connect information in one accessible place. We don’t know how we’re doing unless we face it–and can see all the data. Create one place for anti-crime groups to list their events and contact information, etc. We’ll post “most wanted” Criminals. We’ll allow people to post photos of someone breaking into cars, etc. Also, highlight info and resources for human trafficking. It’ll be a go-to resource for everyone fighting Milwaukee’s crime…in one accessible resource.
3) HOLD CAR THIEVES ACCOUNTABLE. To punish and hold accountable car thieves–right now almost nothing happens. In 2014 car thefts were up 69% from the year before as reported by the Journal Sentinel. Revamp and focus on youth and family services. In the end, jobs and education are the solution. The same approach applies to retail theft.
4) GIVE THE CDC THE AUTHORITY TO INVESTIGATE GUN CRIME. Create a law that permits the CDC to investigate Gun Crime. How can we create policies when we don’t know the true facts?
5) CREATE A CULTURE THAT DOESN’T GIVE RECOGNITION TO CRIME. Publicly encourage a media approach which minimizes the public recognition of mass shooting murders–mass shooters often do it for the recognition. Meet and work with media to talk about new standards of reporting crime and its consequences.
6) CREATE A NATIONAL WHISTLE BLOWING WEBSITE or RESOURCE CENTER. Create a national whistle-blowing number where anyone who suspects or sees crimes can report concerns, crack houses, most wanted, etc. Often, victims and witnesses won’t report to local resources due to the fear of retaliation.
7) PROVIDE POLICE WITH RESOURCES AND TRAINING NEEDED. Also, focus on diversity and technology. To enforce more police resources. More shared revenue from the State is needed.
8) CHANGE THE RHETORIC AND NATIONAL DISCOURSE REGARDING POLICE AND BLACK MEN. Other cities such as Minneapolis and Kansas City are models for us to follow.
9) SUPPORT COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS AND WATCH GROUPS. To give community crime organizations the support & training they need to fight bad elements in their neighborhoods. Milwaukee has done some, but more is needed.
10) HOST NATIONAL SUMMITS. To meet with anti-crime organizations nationally to discuss ideas, share successes, etc. Safe neighborhoods and downtowns must be a national priority.